Daniel Richter (artist)

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Daniel Richter
Born18 December 1962
EducationHochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg 1991-1995
Known forpainting, sculpture

Daniel Richter (born 1962) is a German artist based in Berlin and Hamburg.

Life and work[edit]

Richter attended Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg from 1991-1995. Between 1992-1996 he studied with Werner Büttner, one of the protagonists, along with Martin Kippenberger, of the revival of expressive trends in painting during the 1980s, and worked as assistant to Albert Oehlen.[1] Between 2004 and 2006 he served as Professor for Painting at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Since 2006, he has been teaching at Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna. He is married to director Angela Richter.

Initially, Richter did abstract paintings, with a cosmos of forms intensely colourful to the point of being psychedelic – somewhere between graffiti and intricate ornamentation. Since 2002 he has painted large-scale scenes filled with figures, often inspired by reproductions from newspapers or history books.[2]


Richter's work has appeared in many exhibitions such as Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst[3] in Berlin, Contemporary Fine Arts[4] in Berlin and David Zwirner[5] in New York City. He has also shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Museum Morsbroich[6] in Germany, Victoria Miro Gallery in London and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery[7] in Vancouver. In 2006 he collaborated with fellow artist Jonathan Meese on the exhibition Die Peitsche der Erinnerung. A major survey of the work opened in 2007 at the Kunsthalle in Hamburg and traveled to the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands; the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain; and the Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA (2009).

Richter is represented by Contemporary Fine Arts[8] in Berlin, and Grimm Gallery in Amsterdam.

Stage design[edit]

Working for the Salzburg Festival, Richter created two stage designs: for Bluebeard's Castle (2008) and for Lulu (2010). In 2010, Richter designed a series of stage sets for the Salzburg Opera's production of Lulu in conjunction with his solo museum exhibition at the Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg, Austria.


  • 1998 Otto-Dix-Award, Gera
  • 2001 Award for Young Art, Schleswig-Holstein
  • 2002 Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
  • 2009 Kunstpreis Finkenwerder, Hamburg


Works by Richter can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Boros Collection in Berlin, the Falckenberg Collection in Hamburg, and elsewhere.


  1. ^ Daniel Richter Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg.
  2. ^ Daniel Richter Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg.
  3. ^ http://www.staedtische-galerie-delmenhorst.de/
  4. ^ http://www.cfa-berlin.com/
  5. ^ http://www.davidzwirner.com/ David Zwirner Gallery
  6. ^ http://www.museum-morsbroich.de/
  7. ^ http://www.belkin.ubc.ca/past/DanielRichter Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
  8. ^ http://www.cfa-berlin.com/artists/daniel_richter/[permanent dead link] Daniel Richter at Contemporary Fine Art, Berlin

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